In-Depth Project Overview
In 2013, Pembrokeshire College was at a crossroads with its aging window infrastructure. The prospect of replacing all windows presented a significant financial burden and potential disruption to the college’s bustling educational activities. This is when MILA Maintenance’s innovative approach came into play. By opting to refurbish the existing windows, MILA helped the college defer the need for complete replacement for an impressive ten years. This initial decision was the foundation of a fruitful 10-year relationship, epitomizing the effectiveness of MILA’s SAFEKEEP strategy. SAFEKEEPing the windows allowed Pembrokeshire College to plan financially for future replacements without compromising the safety and learning experience of students and staff.
Comprehensive Client Information
Pembrokeshire College, based in the scenic county town of Haverfordwest in Wales, is a beacon of post-16 education in the region. Tracing its roots back to 1956, the college has grown into a dynamic educational hub, offering an extensive range of programs. Catering to over 1,800 full-time and around 11,000 part-time learners, the college prides itself on delivering a diverse spectrum of further education, higher education, work-based, international, and online learning opportunities. The college’s commitment to educational excellence and student support makes it a pivotal institution in Pembrokeshire.
SAFE Window Refurbishment
The SAFEKEEP model was instrumental when MILA faced the challenge of refurbishing 583 windows that were initially deemed necessary for replacement. The (S)urvey conducted by MILA’s technical team was the first step in this transformative journey. Their comprehensive assessment led to a tailored set of recommendations, veering away from complete replacement. Instead, the (F)ixing and (E)nhancing of the existing windows was proposed, including the renewal of crucial components like spiral balances, fitch catches, and gaskets. Additionally, a unique solution was designed to restrict the window opening, a testament to MILA’s commitment to student safety and bespoke service.
Project Execution and Results
MILA’s management of the project during college holidays was a masterstroke, ensuring minimal disruption. Their strategy of conducting all refurbishments from inside the building was not only innovative but also cost-effective, circumventing the need for expensive external scaffolding. The SAFEKEEP approach meant that the windows remained (K)ept in operational condition for as long as possible, thanks to regular maintenance and (E)nhancements.
Ongoing Maintenance and Evaluation
MILA’s semi-annual visits for (S)urveys and (A)djustments were key to maintaining the windows’ functionality and longevity. These visits were crucial in identifying any emerging issues, leading to prompt and efficient (F)ixes. This proactive maintenance strategy was central to the SAFEKEEP model, ensuring that the windows remained in top condition, enhancing their lifespan and reliability.
List of Repairs and Technical Expertise
The detailed list of repairs showcases MILA’s comprehensive approach and technical expertise. The range of repairs, from simple adjustments to more complex fixes, illustrates the depth of MILA’s commitment to maintaining the college’s windows. This was made possible by their specialized supply chain and the skilled engineers, who ensured that the windows were not just fixed, but also enhanced for better performance and safety.
Cost-Savings and Safety Assurance
By choosing to refurbish instead of replace, Pembrokeshire College realized significant savings. These savings were redirected to other essential areas, improving the overall college infrastructure. MILA’s meticulous approach also ensured that the windows were not only functional but also safe and secure, a critical consideration for any educational institution.
Environmental Impact and Sustainability
Refurbishing windows, as opposed to replacing them, has a considerable environmental advantage. By preserving the existing windows, the college reduced the environmental impact associated with manufacturing and installing new ones. This decision aligns with sustainable practices, conserving resources, and reducing waste.
Future-Ready with SAFEKEEP
The SAFEKEEP program by MILA Maintenance provided Pembrokeshire College with an additional decade of functional window life. This strategic decision has positioned the college favorably for future refurbishments, with funding now secured for eventual window replacement. The success of this project is a testament to the effectiveness of the SAFEKEEP approach, balancing cost, functionality, and environmental sustainability.
Diving into the SAFEKEEP Model
Survey (S): Detailed Checks with Tailored Reporting
Our engineers conduct meticulous checks on your windows and doors. Firstly for correct operation. Then for compliance with health and safety regulations. Thirdly, signs of water and air ingress. We also consider any additional factors requested by our clients to furnish landlords with a detailed report. Not only does this report spotlight areas that need fixing. It also serves as a tangible audit trail, showcasing safety precautions undertaken. Finally, the report proposes potential enhancements for the windows.
Adjust (A): Preventing Small Issues from Becoming Major Ones
The emphasis here is on proactive care. Windows require continual small adjustments to windows and regular lubrication. This prevents minor issues from spiraling into bigger, costlier problems. Guarding against more significant repairs and, worst case, complete window replacements.
Fix (F): Swift and Uncomplicated Solutions
Our approach to fixing is straightforward and effective. Once a problem is identified, our team ensures it’s repaired efficiently. We prioritise the safety and functionality of the windows and doors to uphold the comfort and security of our residents.
Enhance (E): Advancing Beyond the Basic Functions
Enhancements go beyond mere fixes. It could involve elevating ventilation to combat issues like mould or damp. Or escalating the energy efficiency of windows. Or upgrading security features. In every enhancement action, the objective is to boost the existing functionality. Enhancements may also prolong the lifespan of your installations.
KEEP: Keep your Windows and Residents SAFE
By engaging in long-term contracts, landlords can spread repair costs over an extended period. They gain preferential access to Mila’s responsive repair services. The ‘KEEP’ phase protects your window and door investment. It is the scheduled programme of future safety audits. This provides a steadfast availability of a repairs service when it’s needed. It’s how you KEEP your resident’s windows operational over the long-term with all safety measures functional. It’s how you prevent small problems becoming large expensive ones.
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